shoot-out | celeste and melissa

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how.  What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves.  Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way.  Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to photograph a subject.  To express that point, here is another installment of our photographer shoot-outs (our first one published last summer) with CMpros Celeste Jones and Melissa Stottmann!

shoot-out | celeste jones and melissa stottmann

Celeste and Melissa decided to meet up and shoot in the downtown area of Wilmington, Delaware about 1 hour before the sunset.

From Celeste: “I photograph my daughter so frequently that it was fun to have a new model. Melissa photographed my daughter, and I decided to stay on the sidewalk and photograph her daughter there. We had fun in our little spot. I did manage to get one image of my girl. I can’t pass up a good jumping shot!”

From Melissa: “Celeste’s daughter was incredibly refreshing to work with! What I typically shoot, consists of my own young children while my client work is primarily newborns and younger toddlers combined with families. She was willing to work with me and allow me to try different things that I do not ordinarily have the freedom to try – and it was so much fun to have a non-moving subject that gave me gorgeous eye contact!”

Location:
Wilmington, Delaware

Photographers:
Celeste Jones
Melissa Stottmann

Gear:
Celeste – Nikon D700, 50 1.8G, 85 1.8G, 135 2.0D
Melissa -Nikon D700, 50 1.4D, 85 1.8D

Celeste’s view:

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shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

Melissa’s view:

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shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

And a few outtakes of the photographers:

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shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

Thank you Celeste and Melissa for sharing your amazing photos with us!

shoot out | celeste and melissa photo

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33 Responses to “shoot-out | celeste and melissa”

  1. rosa
    Apr 25 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Celeste- I love the bokeh and use of rule of thirds in the portrait of Melissa’s cute daughter. Melissa you are great with light! Celeste’s daughter just glows in all of your photos. What a beauty she is. I’m not too far from you two. I’m in the DC metro area. I would love to join you one day. Hopefully I could get schooled on capturing some nice shots like yours. Excellent job ladies!

  2. Apr 25 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    I loved this!! What a fun idea! I’d love to do a shoot-out if you’re ever looking!

  3. Sabra
    Apr 25 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Oh gosh, these are so fun! I love seeing your perspectives, both wonderful, but so very different at the same time. Celeste’s daughter has such a beautiful smile, and Melissa’s cutie patootie in her glasses is just adorable.

  4. Apr 25 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    So much fun and some serious cuties here. :)

  5. Lucy
    Apr 25 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Love this! Two very awesome photographers with fantastic, unique styles! Work it, ladies!! :)

  6. Apr 25 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Awesome ladies!!

  7. Apr 25 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    i love these! nice work, ladies. :)

  8. Apr 25 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Great images girls. Looks like you had a lot of fun too!

  9. Apr 25 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    How fun! I’m so jealous of you girls getting to hang out!

  10. Apr 25 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Oh, how cute! It’s fun seeing two different interpretations on the same subject. Even though you’re in the same place, shooting the same kids, there’s still a distinct difference in your styles. It’s cool seeing that side by side.

  11. Apr 25 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    So fun! Great images ladies :)

  12. Apr 25 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    How much fun was that!!! So loved all the end results!!

  13. Adele Humphries
    Apr 25 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Fabulous work from both you talented ladies! Loved seeing these different takes.

  14. Apr 25 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    It looks like you both had a great time. Loved all the images and outtakes. :)

  15. Apr 25 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    Love seeing your different perspectives, ladies! Looks like it was a fun night, I love the light (and am jealous of your pretty, empty streets!). Beautiful models & images!

  16. Apr 25 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    Check out all that Delaware talent! Beautiful images.

  17. Apr 25 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    oooh, fun! great job, ladies!!!!

  18. Apr 25 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    Thanks for the love everyone. <3

  19. Apr 25 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    LOVE this! 2 very talented ladies <3

  20. Apr 25 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    Awesome! Love seeing these – gorgeous shots and beautiful girls. <3

  21. Apr 25 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    very neat idea! love seeing the differences and the outtakes too!

  22. Apr 25 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    I love these! I especially love that you had the same light and almost the same equipment. It really shows that it’s the photographer that makes the image. And… you both rock!

  23. Apr 26 2013 at 12:08 am #

    Thanks so much for all the sweet comments <3!!

  24. Apr 26 2013 at 1:07 am #

    Love this series!!!! You both did an amazing job & it looks like fun too!

  25. Vera
    Apr 26 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Two great kids and two great photogs!!

  26. Apr 26 2013 at 9:31 am #

    Gah! Totally jealous! It’s so much fun to see your different perspectives. <3

  27. Apr 26 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Ok, those are two beautiful little bunchkins, what fun to shoot such cutie pies!

  28. Kim Peterson
    Apr 26 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    So fun!! Wonderful images, and thanks so much for sharing!!!

  29. Apr 29 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Gorgeous, all of them! I’m with Anne, totally jealous. Next time I’m crashing your shoot out :)

  30. Catherine R.
    Apr 29 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    oh, soooooo cool to see this! Looks like lots of fun! What cute girls, too! (I mean the kids!) Love seeing the two perspectives!

  31. valerie
    May 01 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    How fun!!! <3

  32. Danielle Barnett
    May 01 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    I love these shout-outs!! Such a great idea! Love the different perspectives and it’s super fun seeing you ladies in action!! Beautiful work!

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